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The 12 Worst Drinks at Starbucks

It's time to give these drinks the cold shoulder.
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You can eat right, exercise, drink water, and sleep eight hours a night. But even if you're loyally following every one of our Eat This, Not That! best weight loss tips, you might be ruining your diet before you even start your day: on your morning coffee run.

With a storefront in nearly every city, Starbucks serves up coffee drinks to millions worldwide, resulting in billions of profits. Although coffee alone is one of the healthiest beverages on the planet, countless Starbucks menu items exceed well beyond the recommended daily intake of added sugars per day. Sipping on these diet saboteurs on the reg could be the trigger that promotes weight gain, reduces motivation, and screws your mood.

Curious as to how bad the Bux's buzz-laden drinks could really be? You may be surprised which of your favorites made it onto our list. When it came to ranking the Starbucks drinks, we looked for items low in sugar, low in saturated fats, and not too high in calories. Drinks were deducted points when too much sugar was found in any form, whether the flavoring came from natural or artificial flavorings. Our jaws dropped when we saw the alarming amounts of sugar pumped into these averagely sized drinks.

Here are the worst Starbucks drinks, ranked from worst to absolute worst. Avoid them, and don't miss our essential report: 20 Easy Ways to Stay Slim at Starbucks.

12

Chai Latte

starbucks chai latte
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Per 16 oz grande with 2% milk: 240 calories, 4.5 g fat (2 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 115 mg sodium, 45 g carbs (0 g fiber, 42 g sugar), 8 g protein

Tea can be great for you, especially chai, which is known to fight inflammation, stress, and weight gain. But when it's following after milk and sugar, the herbal leaves become one of the less prominent ingredients, and the benefits disintegrate. This drink has the sugar equivalent of 42 Twizzlers cherry bites!

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11

Hot Chocolate

starbucks hot chocolate

Per 16 oz grande with whole milk and whipped cream: 400 calories, 16 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 170 mg sodium, 50 g carbs (4 g fiber, 43 g sugar), 14 g protein

To ease your sweet tooth, go for a treat that's worth it rather than one that has as much sugar as nearly 11 donut holes! Perhaps try an 80-calorie Chocolate Fudge Yasso Pop. Made with Greek yogurt, nearly a third of the sugar of this drink, and nice to your digestive tract, this guilt-free pop won't even feel like a splurge.

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10

Chai Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème

chai creme frappuccino
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Per 16 oz grande with whole milk and whipped cream: 340 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 230 mg sodium, 47 g carbs (0 g fiber, 46 g sugar), 5 g protein

Sugar, spice, and everything not so nice. By drinking this drink, you're maxing out your days recommended daily intake of added sugars, and that's if you're eating 2,000 calories a day. Trying to cut back? This drink puts you in major diet debt.

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9

White Chocolate Mocha

starbucks white chocolate mocha

Per 16 oz grande with 2% milk and whipped cream: 430 calories, 18 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 250 mg sodium, 55 g carbs (0 g fiber, 53 g sugar), 14 g protein

When you see "white chocolate," think white refined flour: over-processed and missing all nutritional value. We've said it before, but we'll say it again: White chocolate is a simple no-go.

8

Strawberry Frappuccino

strawberry frappuccino
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Per 16 oz grande with whole milk and whipped cream: 370 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 240 mg sodium, 53 g carbs (0 g fiber, 52 g sugar), 5 g protein

If you're really going for some strawberry sweetness, go for strawberry Jell-O, or Gushers, or even a Good Humor Strawberry Shortcake Dessert Bar. All will give yu fewer calories, less sugar, and just as much of a rewarding taste. But if you're really trying to drop a few pounds, there are plenty of weight-loss friendly desserts worth every bite.

7

S'mores Frappuccino Blended Crème

starbucks smores frappuccino

Per 16 oz grande with whole milk and marshmallow whipped cream: 450 calories, 21 g fat (13 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 230 mg sodium, 60 g carbs (0 g fiber, 54 g sugar), 6 g protein

Summertime calls for s'mores. And some more, and probably another. Instead of slurping them, you might as well eat them. You'll eat less, and you won't get that dreaded brain freeze.

6

Vanilla Bean Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème

vanilla bean creme frappuccino
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Per 16 oz grande with whole milk and whipped cream: 370 calories, 15 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 250 mg sodium, 54 g carbs (0 g fiber, 53 g sugar), 5 g protein

Sipping on this drink will put the same amount of sugar in your body as if you ate a whopping 41 Nilla wafers. No, thank you!

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5

Mocha Frappuccino

mocha frappuccino
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Per 16 oz grande with whole milk and whipped cream: 370 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 220 mg sodium, 55 g carbs (1 g fiber, 52 g sugar), 5 g protein

Loaded with sugar, fat, and calories, this beverage puts you in the same sugar deficit as eating nine Double Stuffed Oreos.

4

White Chocolate Mocha Frappuccino

white chocolate mocha frappuccino
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Per 16 oz grande with whole milk and whipped cream: 410 calories, 16 g fat (10 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 260 mg sodium, 63 g carbs (0 g fiber, 62 g sugar), 5 g protein

Not only is this mixed with our enemy, white chocolate, but we also can't forget to mention that this frap contains more than 400 calories. There are many times we choose foods, or drinks, with way more calories than you think.

3

Matcha Green Tea Crème Frappuccino Blended Crème

matcha green tea creme frappuccino
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Per 16 oz grande with whole milk and whipped cream: 410 calories, 15 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0.5 g trans fat), 240 mg sodium, 63 g carbs (1 g fiber, 62 g sugar), 6 g protein

When consumed in its natural state, green tea happens to be one of our favorite ingredients. But after it's mixed with cream, sugar, and everything else artificial, the benefits have completely plummeted.

2

Java Chip Frappuccino

java chip frappuccino
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Per 16 oz grande with whole milk and whipped cream: 440 calories, 18 g fat (12 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 260 mg sodium, 65 g carbs (2 g fiber, 60 g sugar), 6 g protein

Drowning yourself in such a sugary drink is completely unnecessary when you can get the same coffee perks from the coffee itself. Cool down with a nonfat sweetened iced coffee instead. Sure, the alternative isn't as exciting as this frap, but by just adding two pumps of flavor (you can even get mocha) you're majorly reducing calories and sugar and still getting an awesome sip.

1

Worst Starbucks Drink: Caffè Vanilla Frappuccino Blended Coffee

caffe vanilla frappuccino
Courtesy of Starbucks
Per 16 oz grande with whole milk and whipped cream: 400 calories, 14 g fat (9 g saturated fat, 0 g trans fat), 230 mg sodium, 65 g carbs (0 g fiber), 4 g protein

You could eat an entire pint of Breyers Natural Vanilla Ice Cream and still consume less sugar than you do with this treat. Starbucks says this "tastes like happiness;" we think it looks like a belly ache.

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